Meet the speakers
A native New Yorker with Sephardic and Israeli roots, Natalie has spent her life discovering cultures, investigating and expressing movement. Natalie joined the Tnuatron Dance Company in Israel, and later received a BFA degree in dance from CalArts. She is a deeply involved with the Axis Syllabus, an outlet that researches human movement through the lenses of anatomy, biomechanics and physics.
Ash Spivak is a birth doula and reproductive health educator based in NYC. She is the co-founder of CYCLES+SEX, which creates educational content and events to highlight the interconnectedness of our menstrual, hormonal, reproductive and sexual health. Learn fun facts about your body @cyclesandsex!
Hadar is a feminist, poet, torah-lover and community organizer currently residing in Oakland, CA. A member of alt*div, Hadar is a Jewish Educator with Moishe House and other various Jewish organizations. She runs pivot to bloom, an organization working for gender equity in tech. She serves on the Shechinah Counsel of ATW.
Merissa Nathan Gerson
Merissa Nathan Gerson is a freelance writer and educator. She was the intergenerational trauma consultant to Amazon's Transparent and has writing featured in The New York Times, Playboy Magazine, The Atlantic, Tablet, Lilith, and many others. She teaches about sex and religion and the inheritance of trauma and memory nationwide.
Dr. Erica Matluck
Dr. Erica Matluck is a Naturopathic physician, nurse practitioner, massage therapist, Reiki master, and an intuitive. She practices integrative and lifestyle medicine in San Francisco and facilitates groups in a variety of settings. She is also the founder of Seven Senses, a company that offers wellness experiences throughout the world.
Rachel has a love for contemplation, breath work, and community. Influenced by her love and practice through Buddhist philosophy, Rachel began integrating awareness practices into her Jewish spirituality and connection to ancient Jewish wisdom. Rachel is most influenced by her late teacher, Michael Stone who taught meditation as a form of healing. She is currently working towards a Masters degree in Social work and hopes to use her degree to help children and adults learn how to self-regulate through a greater awareness of breath and body.
Kiki is a musician, vocal coach, and prayer leader in the Bay Area. She grew up at the intersection of Judaism and music, and finds much joy in creating prayerful Jewish music with others. Kiki has a particular interest in supporting women to unleash the full expression of their voice.
Maayan is a professional therapist and a Yoga practitioner who focuses on the relationship between mind, body, and soul.Fascinated by people, her mission in life is to help others find peace, joy, and fulfillment in their journey. Maayan guides others on the path of transformation and empowerment; She leads individuals and groups to discover how to live with a calm mind, open heart and an awakened body.
Rabbi Callie Schulman
Callie is called to work for reconciliation and understanding, to be a healer and a balancer, and to do so within the context of Jewish tradition. The call itself is a moving target; at times leading worship and ritual, at others building bridges of understanding between human beings. She aspires to infuse the healing wisdom of Judaism to an imbalanced world; insisting that anyone is capable of change. Callie recognizes the fullness of human experience and emotion in Jewish life and sees herself as a resource and fellow traveller along for the journey, to assist in the search for meaning and growth through life’s many peaks and pits. She gets the pleasure of doing it all in her beloved Pacific Northwest, where she is an Associate Rabbi at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle, Washington.
Caroline Rothstein is an award-winning and internationally touring writer, poet, and performer. Her writing has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, BuzzFeed, Narratively, The Forward and elsewhere. Called "a very inspiring woman" by Lady Gaga, Caroline and her work have been featured widely including in The New Yorker, MTV News, Chicago Tribune, NYLON, Mic, and Newsweek. She sits as President Emeritus of the Board of Directors for Mental Fitness, Inc., is a Youth Mentor at Urban Word NYC, and is on faculty teaching creative writing at Brandeis University’s pre-college summer arts-intensive program, the Foundation for Jewish Camp's annual Cornerstone Fellowship, the Jewish Journey Project at JCC Manhattan, and SAJ's Makom Shabbaton.
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